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#1 Eugene Sung

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 09:22 PM

Hi, I recently finished a project with my Eclair ACL and was thinking about selling it. I was wondering if there is a market for selling 16mm cameras in this day and age with so much new stuff happening with digital?

I'm thinking about getting it serviced by Optical Electro (Eclair specialists) for the sale so it will be up to factory spec. It is a heavily modified Eclair ACL 1. Several years back Optical Electro added a variable speed motor (18, 24, 36, and 50fps), the mag interface has been rework to improve upon the original, and they reinforced the handle so it's very solid. Apparently, these were short comings on the original model. The camera is solid and I've got good use out of it.

So, if I do get it service and it runs great, do you guys think I could sell it on Ebay for a reasonable price? Or is the 16mm market on the out?

Thanks
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#2 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 09:38 PM

Hi, I recently finished a project with my Eclair ACL and was thinking about selling it.....
So, if I do get it service and it runs great, do you guys think I could sell it on Ebay for a reasonable price? Or is the 16mm market on the out?


You can do a search for completed items on e-bay to get an idea of what items sell for.

"modified" is unfortunately a red flag to some folks. Also "Super 16" is a hot keyword these days.

The Items for sale listings here may also give you some information.
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#3 Ed Sieb

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 10:38 PM

There are two distinct markets for legacy 16MM gear today:

"Legacy" users, a diminishing market of people that still love older 1.33:1 aspect ratio, and still shoot it. This group is diminishing as we speak. I'm one of them.

Super 16 users, who are growing. If you decide to go this route, you'lll have to get that ACL modified for Super 16. Some production outfits love Super 16 because it looks like film, (well, duh!!!) which digital cannot impart. Lot's of HD stuff is actually Super 16 today.

The prices on ebay are all over the map, with Super 16 commanding a higher price.




Hi, I recently finished a project with my Eclair ACL and was thinking about selling it. I was wondering if there is a market for selling 16mm cameras in this day and age with so much new stuff happening with digital?

I'm thinking about getting it serviced by Optical Electro (Eclair specialists) for the sale so it will be up to factory spec. It is a heavily modified Eclair ACL 1. Several years back Optical Electro added a variable speed motor (18, 24, 36, and 50fps), the mag interface has been rework to improve upon the original, and they reinforced the handle so it's very solid. Apparently, these were short comings on the original model. The camera is solid and I've got good use out of it.

So, if I do get it service and it runs great, do you guys think I could sell it on Ebay for a reasonable price? Or is the 16mm market on the out?

Thanks


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